Gramophone Magazine March 2020 Editor`s Choice
Using period instruments, Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov breathe new life into these sonatas for keyboard with violin accompaniment, a tradition Mozart renewed from within, blazing the trail for Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann.
The seasoned pairing of Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov promises to match all comers in style and fantasy. From the puckish opening Allegro of K376…you’re aware of an eager creative partnership, with Faust and Melnikov delightedly seconding and undercutting each other… True spontaneity is elusive in the recording studio. Faust and Melnikov give the illusion, at least, that they are responding to and recreating the music on the spot. Roll on Vol 3.
The first volume was widely praised: “The greater similarity of tone between Faust’s sparkling violin and Melnikov’s glittering forte piano (within an airier acoustic) results in a sound more akin to the jingling of small bells. It’s delicious” - Gramophone.
“In a world full of star violinists, all with technical facility and individual style, it’s rare to find one that everyone agrees is just brilliant. Isabelle Faust is that violinist” - The Strad